This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 is a cruiser style motorcycle. The Vulcan name has been used for custom or cruiser motorcycles since 1984, model designation VN, using mostly V-twin engines ranging from 125 to 2,053 cc (7.6 to 125.3 cu in).
This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:
- 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
- 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
The Vulcan 1500 has a 1,470 cc (90 cu in) liquid-cooled SOHC 50° V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft paired with a 5-Speed transmission. It has a 27.6-inch (700 mm) seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards.
Maintenance Schedule for 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak.
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.
The maintenance for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.
Periodic Maintenance Chart
|Operation||Every||1000 km (600 mi)||6000 km (4000 mi)||12000 km (7500 mi)||18000 km (12000 mi)||24000 km (15000 mi)||30000 km (20000 mi)||36000 km (24000 mi)|
|Idle speed–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle control system–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Spark plug–clean and gap †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air suction valve – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element–clean †#||•||•||•|
|Evaporative emission control system (Cal) – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch hoses, connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear – check †#||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake/clutch fluid level – check †||month||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch fluid – change||2 years||•|
|K||Fuel hose, connectuions – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering –check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Final gear case oil level – check †||•||•||•|
|Final gear case oil – change||•||•|
|K||Propeller shaft joint – lubricate||•||•|
|Nut, bolt, fastener tightness – check †||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil – change #||6 months||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Oil filter – replace||•||•||•||•|
|General lubrication – perform||•||•||•|
|K||Front fork oil – change||2 years||•|
|Front fork oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|K||Swingarm pivot – lubricate||•||•|
|K||Coolant – change||2 years||•|
|Radiator hoses, connectinos – check †||•|
|K||Steering stem bearing – lubricate||2 years||•|
|K||Brake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal – replace||4 years|
|K||Caliper piston seal and dust seal – replace||4 years|
|K||Clutch slave cylinder piston seal – repalce||4 years|
K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
†: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
(Cal): California model only
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
The 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:
- 130/70 R17 M/C 62H
- BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT020F RADIAL
- DUNLOP “D220F STG”
- 170/60 R17 M/C 72H
- BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT020R RADIAL
- DUNLOP “D220 STG”
The manual for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):
- Front (up to 184 kg load [405 lb]): 250 kPa/36 psi
- Rear (up to 184 kg load [405 lb]): 250 kPa/36 psi
General information about the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
Mean Streak’s performance package includes solid Kawasaki engineering and technology: Liquid cooling. 4-valve alloy cylinder heads. Lightweight pistons. Single Overhead Cams. Dual spark plugs per cylinder. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters. Each cylinder has a 102mm bore and 90mm stroke which provides a punchy response and plenty of high-rpm power when needed. The digital fuel injection system with two huge 40mm throttle bodies feeds each cylinder.
A separate intake tract for each throttle body provides smooth engine operation, plus the tip of each injector contains four nozzles, with two of those aimed at each intake valve for optimum fuel atomization. Instruments include a lightweight electronic speedometer and a tachometer with white-faced dials. Additional digital instrumentation includes an odometer, trip meter, clock, and low-fuel warning lamp.
The wide-pitched inverted 43mm cartridge-type front fork, with 32° of rake and 5.7 inches (145 mm) of the trail, offers superior handling. Differentially sized six-piston front brake calipers grip two large 320mm semi-floating discs to provide incredible sportbike-like braking performance. Additional high-performance sportbike-influenced technology includes wide 17-inch front and rear rims sporting sticky radial tires for maximum traction and cornering performance.
Manual for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak, which is available here.